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Habitat and logistic support requirements for the initiation of a space manufacturing enterpriseA detailed scenario for the initiation of a space manufacturing enterprise using lunar materials to construct solar power satellites (SPS) was developed, with particular attention to habitat design and logistic support requirements. If SPS's can be constructed exclusively from lunar materials, the entire enterprise can be initiated in a 7 year period of launch activity (beginning as early as 1985) using the Space Shuttle and a low-cost, Shuttle-derived heavy lift vehicle. If additional chemical feedstocks must be imported from earth in significant quantities, it may be necessary to bring the next-generation launch vehicle (single-stage-to-orbit) into operation by 1991. The scenario presented features use of the mass-driver reaction engine for orbit-to-orbit transfer of cargos and makes extensive use of the expendable Shuttle external propellant tanks.
Document ID
19790024058
Document Type
Other
Authors
Vajk, J. P. (Science Applications, Inc. Pleasanton, CA, United States)
Engel, J. H. (Illinois Univ.)
Shettler, J. A. (GM)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Res. Center Space Resources and Space Settlements
Subject Category
LAUNCH VEHICLES AND SPACE VEHICLES
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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